He was the second son of Martin Docwra and Isabel Danvers. The Docwras were a minor gentry family, originally from Yorkshire. They had a tradition of service with Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, who acted as Edmond's patron.
He married Dorothy Golding, daughter of John Golding of Halstead, and was the father of the distinguished soldier and statesman Henry Docwra, 1st Baron Docwra of Culmore, who is still remembered as "the founder of Derry". His maternal grandfather was Sir William Danvers, a justice of the Court of Common Pleas. In his later years he suffered serious financial difficulties and was eventually forced to sell Chamberhouse.
- "DOCKWRA, Edmund, of the Chamberhouse, Thatcham, Berks. - History of Parliament Online". www.historyofparliamentonline.org.
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